Quebec Separatism Stalls

Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau's campaign to make the French-speaking province an independent nation may be running out of steam. Even Parizeau concedes that massive province-wide hearings failed to generate much new support. With an independence referendum now seemingly headed for defeat, some separatists are urging Parizeau to delay any vote until support surges over the 50% needed to win. Others argue Parizeau should ask voters to approve instead a less-threatening form of "sovereignty association." For now, Parizeau is hanging tough, promising to hold a vote this year on outright "sovereignty." If he loses, however, the cause could be dead for a generation.

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